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Support Resources

American Cancer Society Resources

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a source of support and information to Karmanos patients. Additional programs coordinated through the ACS provide helpful services to receive support during treatment such as Road to Recovery, where ACS volunteers provide patient transportation to and from treatment; Reach for Recovery mentoring and support program, and the Look Good Feel Better beauty and emotional healing program.

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Cancer Care Conferences

A multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists, including doctors, residents (doctors-in-training), nurses and other health care professionals involved, gathers weekly to discuss patient care to ensure that a comprehensive evaluation of treatment options takes place.

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Cancer Rehabilitation

Cancer Rehabilitation Program

We are committed to bringing you the highest level of survivorship services

McLaren Clarkston is proud to offer our Cancer Rehabilitation Program. The program focuses on helping survivors to heal physically and emotionally as well as possible. The Cancer Rehabilitation Program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach in which caregivers from different specialties team up to help patients increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve daily function and well-being.

We offer comprehensive care that is covered by health insurance

We are uniquely qualified to offer premium cancer rehabilitation services to cancer survivors undergoing treatment or living with its aftermath. Our program has been created to help survivors physically and emotionally heal from the side-effects of treatments. We provide our patients with the most comprehensive cancer rehabilitation care available and all of our services are reimbursable by health insurance providers.

We offer our patients a personalized rehab plan with an interdisciplinary approach

After undergoing a thorough evaluation by a physician, our team of medical specialists will be assigned to each patient according to his or her individual needs. Our healthcare team consists of specialists in the following areas: physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and oncology nurses. Each team member provides his or her expert medical guidance, training, encouragement and support, for the duration of the program.

Outcomes of the Program Include:

  • Reduced fatigue
  • Having more energy to do the things you enjoy
  • Increased endurance for daily tasks
  • Ability to walk further distances
  • Reduced musculoskeletal pain and joint stiffness
  • Improved balance
  • Increased strength
  • Reduced long term effects of chemotherapy
  • Improved swallowing function (for certain cancers)
  • Improved communication
  • Better memory
  • Reduced limb swelling

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Lymphedema Treatment

Therapy and Treatment for Lymphedema

What is Lymphedema?

lymphedma rehab

Lymphedema is an accumulation of fluids that occurs when your lymphatic system is impaired. Lymphatic vessels, which assist in fluid discharge, can become impaired as a result of the removal of lymph nodes, from chemotherapy, or from radiation treatments. When breast cancer related lymphedema occurs, there is a swelling or change in tissue texture occurring in the arm and upper torso.

Treatment Options:

  • Manual Lymph Drainage: A manual technique is performed to open lymphatic pathways and move fluid to areas where it can be reabsorbed into the system
  • Multi-Layer Bandaging: Short stretch compression bandages are used to create a gradient of pressure to move fluid and decrease swelling
  • Patient Education: Regarding skin care, precautions and prevention
  • Therapeutic Exercises: Exercises specific to the needs of each individual patient
  • Facilitate referral for appropriate compression garment

Goals of our Program:

  • Reduce the size of limb
  • Decrease the risk for infection or hospitalization
  • Self management of lymphedema
  • Improve function and mobility of the limb
  • Decrease pain associated with excessive limb size

Relative Contraindications:

  • You may not be a candidate for lymphedema treatment if you have any of the following:
  • Acute viral/bacterial infection
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Kidney malfunction
  • Untreated malignancy

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Reflection Area

This specially designated area is for patients and family members who need time for quiet reflection, a place to discuss treatment options or read. Depending on the location this could be a quiet room or garden.

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Support Groups, Screenings, and Programs

For a list of our support groups, screenings, and special programs located around McLaren Clarkston hospitals, click here.

For Karmanos Detroit or Farmington Hills locations, please click these links: support groups, cancer screening information, special programs and education

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